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October is many things; Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness month, National Dental Hygiene month (NDYM), and National Orthodontic Health month! At our dental practice in Diamond Bar, California, Dr. Howard Glassman and our team want to wish our patients a happy fall season while taking care of their smile health.

National Dental Hygiene month’s message is known as “Do The Daily 4”. These are the four most important parts of a preventative oral health regimen:

1-Brushing: brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Doing this will lessen plaque to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

2-Flossing: floss in between your teeth and gums once a day, using dental floss or interdental brushes. Doing this will remove food particles and plaque in those places where your toothbrush can’t reach.

3-Mouthwash: rinsing with an anti-microbial mouthwash once a day will help freshen breath, and help prevent gum disease. Make sure to find a mouthwash with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure that the product is both safe AND effective.

4-Sugarless Gum: chewing sugarless gum actually boosts your daily regimen, by “cleaning” your teeth after eating and drinking when you can’t actually brush your teeth. Chewing stimulates saliva production which neutralizes plaque acids, remineralizes enamel and washes away food particles.

Besides encouraging the daily 4, you can help prepare your family for healthy Halloween celebrating by providing candy that is easily rinsed away–such as powdered candies which dissolve easily–and avoid chewy and hard, sticky candy. You can also encourage drinking water or milk after snacking on sweets. Drinking water helps rinse away bacterial film and milk has a high pH to offset the acid in the candy.

If you have any questions about your oral hygiene routine, or want to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning, please call our dedicated team in Diamond Bar, California at 909-860-0321. Dr. Howard Glassman and our team wish you and your family a frightfully healthy Halloween!